Creative Sonoma

Chelsea Rose Kurnick

Creative Sonoma Grantee; Literature: Non-Fiction, Poetry; Performance Art; Visual Arts: Photography
Chelsea Rose Kurnick
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Chelsea Rose Kurnick (she/her) is a writer and artist from southern California living in Sonoma County.

She earned a BA in Linguistics in 2010 from the University of California Riverside, where she was also editor-in-chief of Mosaic: A Journal of Literature and Art. In 2013-14, she created and hosted The Casserole, an online literary reading series that aired live on Youtube featuring remote guests from all over the world. 

Chelsea began studying the craft of poetry at age 15 and began curating literary arts events at 20. She attributes most of her education in writing to community workshops and weekly open mics, which she has sought out since 2005 in every city she’s lived. Chelsea believes that poetry and storytelling are powerful tools for building empathy and are at their most vital when experienced in person. 

In Sonoma County, Chelsea has continued to produce arts events with activism at their core. She is Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of Positive Images, an LGBTQIA Community Center of Sonoma County.

Chelsea’s work explores longing and loss, sometimes personal and sometimes global in scope; she writes of messy partnerships and humankind’s tenuous relationship to the material world we inhabit.